To counter Russia, Ukraine also deploys kamikaze drones
A drone, apparently Iranian-made Shahed-136 is seen in the sky seconds before it fired on buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.
photo: AP/Efrem Lukatsky
Ukraine has also begun deploying suicide drones.
Today, Saturday, the pro-Russian authorities in Crimea announced that the peninsula had been subjected to the largest attack by explosive-laden drones since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict last February.
The authorities confirmed that the Russian forces managed to bring down all the drones that attacked the port of Sevastopol for hours on end.
"Since 04:40 a.m. and for several hours, the city's various air defense systems repelled attacks with booby-trapped drones," the city's governor Mikhail Razvogaev, said on Telegram.
The Moscow-appointed man explained, "the Russian Navy shot down all the drones in the Gulf of Sevastopol", the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet of Moscow, according to AFP.
Local officials said ferries and boats had temporarily stopped crossing the Gulf of Sevastopol, the largest city in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. Earlier this week, Razvogaev reported that a drone had attacked a thermal power plant near Sevastopol.
These attempts to target the peninsula come at a time when Ukrainian forces have pressured the Russians by launching a counter-attack in the south and northeast of the country since last month.
During the last period, the Russian army gained territories in several towns to the south and east, which prompted Moscow to change its tactics and plans by targeting electrical stations and infrastructure in all Ukrainian lands.
Drones have become the main feature of the Ukraine War amid the latest escalation. Earlier analysts warned of the dangers of escalation as it would "necessarily" mean the use of nuclear weapons, but the scenarios have unfolded differently.